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Cricket: Sri Lankan team arrives for Test series

Sri Lankan Test team, seeking its first win in India, arrived on Sunday to play a three-match series, commencing on November 16. 

The Kumar Sangakkara-led squad landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at around 2.30 AM.

The team will begin their campaign with a three-day game against Board President’s XI starting on November 11 in Mumbai, from where they will move on to Ahmedabad for the first Test starting from November 16.

Kanpur (November 24-November 28) and Mumbai (December 2-December 6) will host the second and third Tests respectively.

Both the teams have played each other 29 times in Test matches with India having won 11 matches, while the visitors have won only five. The remaining 13 matches have ended in draws.

Interestingly, none of Sri Lanka’s five wins have come in India though the visiting team has played 14 matches in the country.

India beat Sri Lanka 2-0 the last time these two teams met in the country in a three-match series in 2005-06.

After the Test series, Sri Lanka will play two Twenty20 Internationals — Nagpur (December 9) and Mohali (December 12) — and five One-dayers at Rajkot (December 15), Visakhapatnam (December 18), Cuttack (December 21), Kolkata (December 24) and Delhi (December 27).

All the ODIs, barring the first, will be day-night encounters.

Sri Lanka Test squad: Kumar Sangakkara (Captain), Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Thilina Kandamby, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Kaushal Silva, Chanaka Welegedara, Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis.

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